Food Establishment Permit
Food establishment permits are required for restaurants, bars, grocery stores, mobile food units, temporary food events and schools.
To obtain a permit to operate a food establishment, the following are needed when submitting application:
- A valid photo identification,
- Facility owner's sales tax permit, and
- Application fee of $121
For additional information, contact the Consumer Health Division between 8:00 am and 12:00 pm or 1:00 pm and 4:30 pm at (214) 670-8083 or visit the office at:
7901 Goforth Rd, Dallas, Texas 75238.
Complaints Concerning Restaurants
To report a possible food-borne illness or unsanitary condition at a restaurant or other food-related service concerns or issues, contact the Department of Code Compliance, Consumer Health Division , between 8:00 am and 12:00 pm or 1:00 pm and 4:30 pm at (214) 670-8083.
Online Restaurant Smoking Complaint
Online Restaurant Complaint
Registered Food Service Manager
Each food establishment (fixed) is required to have an on-site Registered Food Service Manager. The Registered Food Service Manager class is offered at various locations throughout the state. A list of those locations may be obtained by calling the Consumer Health Division at (214) 670-8083, or visiting the office at 7901 Goforth Rd, between 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
A list of the locations also may be obtained here:
TDH Course Registry of the Food Protection Management Training Programs.
Home preparation of food for public consumption is prohibited. All food that is to be consumed by the public, whether free or for sale, must be prepared at a commercial establishment that is inspected by a federal, state or local health authority.
Roadside/Parking Lot Sales
Vending on public property is prohibited except in the downtown Central Business District. Anyone selling goods (flowers, purses, shoes, etc.) on parking lots or along roadsides is doing so illegally. This type of activity is regulated by the Department of Code Compliance. For additional information on vending, contact the Department of Code Compliance, Consumer Health Division , between 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. at (214) 670-8083.
City of Dallas Chapter 50 Consumer Affairs Article XII Street Vendors code